Special Birthday and a Friendship Giveaway Bundle


Corrie and Rivera

I received a text from my friend, Allison, that read, “I gave my friend, Corrie, your book as a gift. She called me weeping, saying you put into words what her heart felt but couldn’t express after the loss of her son.” It was so sweet to my heart. Chapter 7 —“Held”— was the one that gripped her, and it was birthed out of obvious pain for me.

Her feedback was a true gift. Writing this book wasn’t easy and definitely was not something I did to add to a list of accomplishments, or a bucket-list.  I wrote because God said to write. I don’t even have a bucket-list. I believe if I follow God each step of the way, I don’t need one. His bucket-list for me is much greater than any I could imagine on my own.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”  ~Ephesians 3:20-21

Allison went on to tell me her friend would be turning 93 in the next few weeks. To my surprise and delight, one thing she wanted for her birthday was to meet me. Both of my grandmothers have passed, so this was entirely precious to my heart and we began making arrangements for me to meet her.

When we met, her first words were, “I’m no authority, but I think your writing is wonderful. And you’re gorgeous!”

So sweet! I graciously thanked her for her kind words and assured her, “Jesus is the final Authority, and you have Him living inside you.  I think that makes you an authority!”

I shared with her about going to get my nails painted that morning for her special day.  I admitted, “I’m typically a ‘red’ girl.” As I stood looking over all the colors, I felt like God wanted me to choose pale pink. This led me into a Jesus conversation with the lady doing my nails (another story for another day).  Pink it was!  When I first laid eyes on Corrie, she was dressed in pale pink from head to toe. We matched! What a sweet God gift for us both.

I couldn’t keep my eyes off her. She did NOT look 93 years old, maybe more like 73. I delighted in making her day special. She was spunky like I imagine myself at 93. I was in the company of two beauties. Allison and Corrie are both exquisite women who exude Jesus.

We went to her favorite restaurant for lunch where a gentleman, who overheard Corrie praying to bless our meal, came over and thanked her for her willingness and boldness to pray in public. When it was nearing time to go, we were informed our bill had already been paid by the kind man. Corrie said, “I didn’t know that man, but he was awfully sweet.”

I smiled and said, “God loves doting on His girls. He delights to delight in us. He’s telling you ‘Happy Birthday’ dear Corrie!”

We went back to her house and shared a sweet prayer time before parting ways. As we took a few pictures and prepared to go, I noticed her table where she kept her journaling and reading material. All the greats like John François Fénelon (“Christian Perfection”),  Andrew Murray (“Humility” and “Absolute Surrender”), Frances J. Roberts (“Come Away My Beloved”), Brother Lawrence (“Practice of His Presence”), and Billy Graham’s devotional were on her table. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Sitting on top of these was my book, “Intimacy.” She had started reading it for the second time. Billy Graham and I were the only two on her table who hadn’t passed on the be with Jesus. I thought, Wow, how special!

My 93 year-old friend said she was so honored and pleased to meet me, but truthfully the honor was all mine. It was a surreal, simply profound, Holy Spirit-filled time.

God crosses our paths with people, and sometimes we leave them better than we came to them. That’s precisely what happened, I left Corrie better. She left her print on me.

In honor of Corrie’s 93rd Birthday and my–aheem–29th Birthday, which is this Friday (one I’ve skillfully celebrated for the past 13 years 😉 ), I’m giving away a Friendship Bundle.

ENTER to win AND be sure to SHARE with your friends!!!  Help get the word out:)


The Friendship Bundle will include:

  • 2- Signed copies of my book “Intimacy: into me You see”- (One book personalized to you and one for a friend.)
  • One $10 Starbucks gift card- (Coffee for two is on me!)
  • One- iTunes gift card (Download all of the suggested “soaking” music at the end of each chapter.)
  • Two journals and two pens- (Journal through the questions at the end of each chapter.  Ponder till your heart’s content.)

There are 2 ways to enter to win:

1) Leave a comment below.

2) “Share” this post on social media: Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (Be sure to tag me if you share, so I’ll know you’ve posted to enter the drawing.)


One name will be drawn after 7pm EST on my Birthday, Friday April 11. The winner will be announced by 11am, April 12.


54 thoughts on “Special Birthday and a Friendship Giveaway Bundle

  1. Blessed Mama ❤ says:

    Oh honey… Love this giveaway, I will be sharing it everywhere! You are truly a blessing & I am grateful to have you as an online friend! 🎂Happy Birthday! Many blessings today & always sweet friend 💝

  2. Kim Elliott says:

    This is awesome Rivera. I have a friend that she and I share Bible studies and books that give us rest and comfort along with keeping us in God’ s word in our daily lives. Would love to share your book with her! Love to you.

  3. Mandy Devine says:

    Haven’t had the opportunity to meet you yet, but it looks like we certainly share some friends…from Geri Gardner to now Mrs. Corrie and apparently some of my favorite Lincolnton people too. So glad you had the chance to meet Corrie! One of the most precious ladies I know!! We share the same birthday and I have been so blessed over the years to have experienced her love and learned from her beautiful wisdom. Would love to read your book!

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Hi Mandy! Well it’s nice to “meet” you here. Perhaps we’ll meet face to face sooner rather than later. 🙂 I love Corrie AND Geri. So glad you stopped by, and you are now entered to win! Blessings!

  4. sas0329 says:

    Proud of you Ver! Special moment for sure!
    If I don’t win this book I hope to purchase one(tell me how) or receive one as a belated bday or almost here wedding gift lol;)

  5. Rebecca Ulrich says:

    I go to church with Carole Ann and I think she is one of the sweetest ladies ever. I saw a link to her blog on your page and have read some of your posts and I think you’re pretty awesome. You’re gorgeous and His love drips like honey off your words.

  6. Carol McCall says:

    What a beautiful story! I love the way God blessed your time together… intimacy with our Lord Jesus Christ led to precious friendship and fellowship.

  7. Reylinda says:

    I go to church with Ms. Corrie and she is such a prayer warrior and a blessing to us. If she loved your book I can’t wait…it must have some great words. Stay blessed!

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Hi Jan! It’s been a while. Thanks for leaving a comment. You’re in the drawing! FYI- I’ll be speaking to one of the women’s groups on Sunday morning May 4th at Mt. Carmel (in Georgia).

  8. Sydni says:

    This is such a sweet story! When I was in college I joined the shawl knitting ministry at church. I absolutely loved those weekly gatherings with ladies much older than myself. I learned so much and they had such sweet spirits.

  9. Crystal pardon says:

    Rivera, Allison happens to be one of my best friends for 35 years and has spoken highly of you! I’m so glad you were able to meet Corrie because she has indirectly impacted my life with all her books Allison as passed on to me! I’m looking forward to reading your book and I hope I win!!!

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Crystal, So nice to “meet” you here. Allison and Corrie both are dolls. Just LOVE them!! Look forward to meeting you in person at some point. You are entered to win the giveaway! Thank you!

  10. Elizabeth V says:

    Oh sweet Rivera what a gift u have from God above. I too loved ch 7 definitely hit home. Thanks for the sharing your God moment w us. I too agree u are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! Blessings and much love

  11. Pat says:

    Happy birthday to you, Riviera! Haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you yet but have heard wonderful things abt you from my good friend, Carol McCall. I have two daughters who have birthdays in April so I agree April babies are special indeed. Would love to win this bundle and bless someone with it. Have a terrific day!!

  12. Hannah Bowden says:

    Wow! What a beautiful and inspirational lady! I pray that I’ll be as young at heart at that age (you’re totally right, she looks nowhere NEAR 93!)

  13. Alex Allran says:

    Your post has tears flowing down my face! Allison just so happens to be my wonderful mother! She has told me about your book and I hear stories of Corrie daily! I am so glad she was able to meet you! You are an amazing light to many and I look forward to reading your book and sharing with friends! Many blessings!

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Alex, thank you so much for your comment:) Your mom is such a beautiful persona and very special to me. I’ve known her a short time and I just love her! I can’t wait to meet you at some point and LOVE that you wanna read and share my book! 🙂

  14. Heather Brown says:

    Corrie is such a special lady and always has been to The Brown Family, I am glad you got to meet her. I loved your blog and would love to read your book. I hope my name gets drawn.

  15. Debbie Lanbert says:

    April 7 ,1958 Was the day I was born so we are april babies .I am blessed by your blog and I always feel as though God uses you to minister to me .Thank you for yielding to his spirit . God bless. I think I have won one thing in my life maybe this wil lbe my lucky day . I would definitely share with my daughter . Thank you and God bless

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love that we’re both April babies:) I’m truly humbled that God chooses to use me, and I’m blessed by your words:) You are officially entered to win.

  16. Sandy Beard says:

    Rivera, Your post warms my heart. My 97 year old grandpa passed away last July and was buried on my birthday. I spent many hours over the last 8+ years visiting him at the nursing home. Having been a Baptist Pastor, and with failing vision, he quoted many scriptures and sermons during my visits with him. He truly had the Word hidden in his heart. My birthday on earth is his birthday with Jesus. One day we’ll celebrate together in heaven.

    Thank you for being a reflection of Jesus’ love.

    If I win, the second book will be given to my special friend, Connie, who is a true inspiration in my life. She’s been through a lot in her 60 plus years and yet she always has a smile, encouraging word and a hug to share.

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Sandy, thank you for sharing YOUR special birthday story. There are some similarities to this one! You bless me with your sweet words, as I know you are a blessing to so many others. You are entered to win sweet friend. 🙂

  17. Shelby Bustle says:

    I love reading your blogs and know I would love reading your book! I also know exactly who I would give the other one to….

  18. Stacie says:

    So sweet of you to offer this great giveaway. I would be honored to read your book. I’ve heard some great things about it. BTW, LOVE the photo ^^ above ^^.

  19. natasha alford says:

    I loved reading this. Just know friend that you seem to be God’s encouragement gift to a lot of women. That is a blessing in itself or as Christ would say, ” job well done”. Love you and thanks for sharing with us again!:)

  20. Sara Johnson says:

    I LOVE your book. I’m still reading. I’m soaking in it, and I’m finding I am getting so much from resting in it.
    I would love to win the bundle. I know exactly who I would give them to.

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